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Definition of Heart Palpitations

The abnormally strong beating sensation of your heart is called a heart palpitation.  This sensation is often felt in the chest but they can also be felt in the neck and the throat on certain occasions.  You may become aware of heart palpitations when you feel that your heart beats in an unpleasant manner and when you sense that your heart is skipping beats or even has stopped beating for a while.

If you experience palpitations the rhythm of your heart may either be normal or not.

An average adult human heart beats around 60 to 100 beats each minute. The heart can slow down when people take certain medicines. Individuals who regularly exercise have a slower than normal heartbeat.

A person with a heart beating over 100 beats per minute has tachycardia while a person with a heart beating slower than normal (lower than 60 or 55 beats per minute) has bradycardia. There are individuals who experience an occasional extra heartbeat. This extra heartbeat is termed as extrasystole.

In most occasions, palpitations are not serious health conditions. However, if your palpitations signify an irregular heart rhythm (also called as arrhythmia), they may need to be observed by a physician.  If you have the following conditions, chances are you have an abnormal heart rhythm:

You have a defective heart valve
You an abnormal electrolyte level in your blood
You have factors that increases your risk for heart disease
You already are suffering from a certain type of heart disease before the onset of your palpitations

Types of Heart Arrhythmia

Premature atrial contractions – Premature atrial contractions are early extra beats emanating from the heart’s upper chambers or atria. Premature atrial contractions that do not pose a danger to a person’s health.

Premature ventricular contractions or PVCs – PVCs are the most experienced type of arrhythmias in people who may or may not be suffering from heart disease.  A PVC is what is typically known as a skipped heartbeat and often is experienced by people who indulge in too much exercise, those who smoke cigarettes a lot, take in a lot of caffeine or those who are in a lot of stress. Sometimes, however, PVCs can come about due to poor electrolyte balance or a heart condition. Individuals who show symptoms related to PVCs or who experiences frequent PVCs, needs to be seen by a heart doctor. But in general, PVCs are not dangerous and seldom require any type of treatment.

Atrial fibrillation – Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm is also a typical form of arrhythmia that causes the atria to contract incorrectly.

Atrial flutter – An atrial flutter is due to one or more rapid sending of electrical impulses in the atrium. This condition happens usually in people suffering from heart disease and during the first week of heart surgery. Atrial flutter usually turns to atrial fibrillation.

Accessory pathway tachycardias – This is due to an extra abnormal connection or pathway between the ventricles or atrium. Neural signals travel through the extra pathways and through the usual route as well causing the signal to travel around the heart very quickly thus making the heart beat abnormally fast.

Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia or PSVT – This type of arrhythmia shows a fast heart rate with usually a regular rhythm emanating from on top the ventricles. PSVT begins and ends suddenly. There are two main kinds of PSVT: AV nodal reentrant tachycardia and accessory path tachycardia.
AV nodal reentrant tachycardia – This is a type of tachycardia that emanates from more than one electrical circuit via the AV node causing a fast heart rate. It can lead to heart failure, fainting or heart palpitations. AV nodal reentrant tachycardia can often be stopped by a technique called breathe in and bear down and other type technique done by a trained medical professional. There are drugs for this type of tachycardia as well.

Ventricular tachycardia or V-tach – This fast heart rate prevents the heart from filling adequately with blood causing less blood to travel throughout the body. A V-tach can be a serious condition particularly for individuals with preexisting heart disease and can also be related with other symptoms. This type of tachycardia should be examined by a heart doctor or cardiologist.

Ventricular fibrillation – Ventricular fibrillation is caused by a disorganized, abnormal firing of electrical signals from the ventricles and causes ventricular dysfunction like quivering of the ventricles and the inability of the ventricles to pump blood to the body. A ventricular fibrillation is a dangerous condition requiring medical emergency treatment using defibrillation and CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as fast as possible.

Long QT syndrome – The QT interval can be seen in an electrocardiogram and it represents the period for the electrical impulse to fire impulses and then recharge or the period that takes the heart muscle to contract and then recover. A longer-than-average QT interval is a sign that the patient is at high risk for “torsade de pointes.”  A “torsade de pointes” is ventricular tachycardia of a deadly kind. Long QT syndrome is an inherited disorder that may lead to death in young individuals. Available treatments for it include ablation therapy, implanted defibrillator/cardioverter, defibrillation, electrical cardioversion, pacemaker or antiarrhythmic drugs.

Bradyarrhythmias – Bradyarrhythmias are characterized by slow heart rhythms that can develop due to problems in the heart’s electrical conduction system. Heart block and sinus node dysfunction are examples of bradyarrhythmias.

Sinus node dysfunction – This is a type of bradycardia (slow heart rhythm) caused by a faulty SA (sinus) node. Treatment for major sinus node anomalies is the installation of a pacemaker.
Heart block – A complete stopping or delay of the electrical impulse as it passes from the sinus node to the ventricles is termed as a heart block. Heart block causes the heart to beat more slowly or irregularly. The patient may require a pacemaker if he is suffering from a severe type of heart block.

 

Mark Schwartz is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Buckhead Acupuncture & Herbal Center in Atlanta, GA.

Gastritis Lifestyles and Home Remedies

Gastritis for the most part is effectively treated with medicines. They can include antacids, acid blockers, proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics. For chronic gastritis sufferers, though, they may need to consider natural cures to find relief or prevent this problem from frequently arising.  The following are certain natural and typical home remedies for gastritis:

Ginger – Ginger is deemed one of the best remedies for gastritis since it helps address a lot of symptoms.  Ginger likewise can aid the body in healing the damaged intestines and stomach tissues caused by gastritis. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help destroy the bacteria that generate gastritis.

Goldenseal – This is another plant that contains antibacterial properties that can kill bacteria that cause irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining. Goldenseal has also the ability to address many of the symptoms of gastritis.

Papaya – Papaya has large concentrated amounts of enzymes that make for better digestion of foods.  You can eat ripe papaya or papaya seeds to enhance your digestive function.

Peppermint – Peppermint oil is an essential oil that contains menthol and helps relieve gastritis symptoms and improve digestion.

Licorice – By eating about 500 mg to 600 mg of licorice each day, you can aid in the fast healing of your gastrointestinal tract.

Coconut Water – If you begin to notice the symptoms of gastritis in your stomach, you can prevent it from further developing by drinking nothing else but fresh coconut water for one whole day. The coconut water assists in the faster healing of your stomach lining.

All of the aforementioned remedies are all natural remedies that are very safe to use provided most of them are used properly. Still, you need to first talk to your doctor before using any of them.

Diet for Gastritis

You can easily relieve the discomfort and pain caused by acute or chronic gastritis without the need for medicines. The only thing you need to do is to eat a good diet suited for addressing your gastritis. Availing of a gastric diet is essential since it can help your stomach overcome the infection and can help relieve the symptoms of gastritis. This type of diet is unlike a diet plan for losing weight as it instructs you on the foods that you should and should not eat to help treat your gastritis in a faster and much more effective manner.

Some of the foods beneficial in treating gastritis include:

  • Whole grains
  • Squash
  • Low-fat, no-fat and skimmed dairy products
  • Sea vegetables
  • Lean meats
  • Dark green and leafy green vegetables
  • Cherries
  • Blue berries
  • Bell peppers

 

Beverages that are beneficial in addressing gastritis include:

  • Water
  • Spinach juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Papaya juice
  • Coconut water
  • Carrot juice

 

As there are beneficial foods and fluids that help address gastritis, so too are there foods that can aggravate it. Some of the foods you should NOT take when you have gastritis include:

  • Fat and oil, such as salad dressing and palm oil
  • Spices like mustard, black and red peppers, garlic and chili powder
  • Dairy products like ice cream, cottage cheese, cheese, sour cream and whole milk
  • Fish and meat varieties like herring, salmon, eel, Buffalo wings, beef, chicken nuggets and pork
  • Legumes and vegetables like cabbage, celery, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, dried beans, and peas
  • Fruits such as lemons, oranges, cranberries, grapefruit and apples

Gastritis sufferers also need to avoid these kinds of beverages:

  • Citrus juices like orange juice, tomato juice and lemonade
  • Hot chocolate and cocoa
  • Aerated drinks like soda pop
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol

You likewise need to talk to your doctor before attempting any modifications to your diet.

Lifestyle Changes

Gastritis can be prevented or at least alleviated by incorporating certain simple lifestyle changes. The list below provides some helpful suggestions for preventing or dealing with gastritis:

  • Eat and drink only the foods and beverages that you are sure have been stored and prepared under strict sanitary conditions to help minimize the chances of contamination and infection
  • Shield yourself from H. pylori infections by washing your hands with water and soap regularly
  • Avail of therapies and techniques that can help you cope better with stress. They can include acupuncture for stress, tai chi, deep breathing, yoga or meditation
  • Consult with your doctor about the painkillers you take on a regular basis especially regarding their side effects
  • If possible completely and permanently abstain from alcohol; if that’s not possible, then, at least limit your alcohol intake to one or two drinks a day
  • Do not eat foods that could irritate or inflame your stomach lining. These can include acidic, fatty, fried and spicy foods as well as whole milk
  • Take in smaller meals at frequent times during the day.  This will help ease the digestive process
  • Be sure to talk your physician or health care provider before using any new lifestyle or diet changes or any home remedies.

 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture
Suite 410, Level 4,
229 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NH 2000
Phone: 02 8213 2888
http://www.roddsanchez.com.au/

Eczema Coping and Support

Eczema in all forms is a long-term condition. It often starts in childhood with about 90% of the 30 million Americans developing this skin problem before they reach 5 years of age.

Eczema is a chronic condition that has no available cure yet in sight. To address it, skin specialists can work with you in formulating a well-planned skin regimen to help relieve and lessen the eczema flare ups. Treatments for eczema are varied. In terms of medicines, there are prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can provide relief but it is best to seek the advice of your doctor or skin specialist to determine what treatment plan is best for your specific case. These medical professionals more or less have the knowledge to answer your questions satisfactorily including the kinds of soaps and cleansers to use and what skin products not to use. One can use anti-bacterial soaps but doctors may advice against it because these soaps cause skin irritation and dryness.

A skin specialist like a dermatologist can be the best person to approach when you need treatment for other skin conditions that have been caused by eczema. When you develop eczema, it increases your risk of developing other skin conditions since eczema compromises your skin barrier making it easier for pathogens like viruses and bacteria to enter the skin causing problems like viral warts or bacterial staph infections.

Support for Living with Eczema

You can get the best support usually from people who are experiencing the same problems you have. You can also avail of resources that make you more informed about eczema and find assistance to live a better life despite having this condition. One good support group is the NEA (National Eczema Association) Support Network that is manned by people who will give you their time to listen and talk to you and share insights with you regarding the longstanding consequences of eczema. These people are all adults who have eczema and/or have kids with eczema.

Lifestyle Changes to Cope with Eczema

What makes your eczema distressing is the flare ups when your eczema is triggered oftentimes by extreme stress. Intriguingly, no studies have established a direct link to stress with eczema although extreme stress is likely to worsen your condition. Doctors often require their patients to lower their stress levels to prevent the frequency of your flare ups and to lessen their severity. Stress is not the basic cause of eczema but it does worsen the condition.

Exercise is a great way to remove stress and makes managing your symptoms much easier. Exercise can also lead to weight loss that can be a benefit for those with eczema that is the result of poor circulation.

Some allergies can trigger eczema flares especially in children. Food allergies are more likely to cause flare ups so knowing the foods that trigger allergies will allow the person to avoid these foods and thereby prevent him from experiencing eczema flare ups.

Seasonal allergies equally affect children and adults alike who have these types of allergies. Seasonal allergies can also trigger eczema flare ups. Warm climates are much friendlier to people with eczema. Cold dry climates worsen the eczema symptoms of dry skin.

The emotional and physical life of people is usually affected by eczema. So, applying the right support and strategies will make it easier for you to cope with challenges caused by eczema.

 

Acupuncture Health Center
1303 Astor St #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 715-1824
http://www.bellinghamacupuncturecenter.com/

Dry Skin Risk Factors

The people who are most prone to develop dry skin are the elderly. When one reaches 60 and above, the skin becomes less and less hydrated due to the depletion of their skin’s lipid cells. The elderly also suffer from the most severe type of dry skin symptoms. Conservatively, about a third of seniors are plagued by dry skin throughout the year; moreover, about 85% of the elderly develop dry skin during winter time.

Babies and children are also high risk age groups for acquiring dry skin. Unlike the skin of adults, babies and children possess immature skin that does not produce enough oil to maintain skin moisture. They also have a thinner stratum corneum that causes water in the skin to evaporate or deplete much faster. Children usually develop dry skin symptoms during the winter season.

Individuals who have had radiation therapy are also at high risk to develop dry skin.

Those who have certain occupations are susceptible for developing dry skin as well. The possibility to have dry skin is much higher among those who work in certain jobs. These can include:

  • Jobs that often entail lengthy or frequent contact with solvents, detergents, soap or water
  • Jobs that entail working in environments with low humidity or high ventilation
  • Jobs that entail outdoor work under severe climates

Certain facilities with high-tech equipment, modern office buildings and airplanes usually have low-humidity environments that make your skin dry up. People who work in the fishing industry, food handlers and health care workers are also at risk for getting dry skin. The reason why workers who are in the fishing industry are at high risk for developing dry skin is because they need to frequently wash their hands with soap and water.  Workers (janitorial staff and dishwashers) who often handle solvents or harsh cleansers are much at risk for dry skin.

 

Willow Tree Wellness Clinic
1607 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Ph: 503-281-0030
http://willowtreeclinic.com/

Dandruff Complications

It is highly unlikely that complications can arise from dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis. However, in case they do arise, they may be from some adverse reaction to any treatments you may be using or from infection.

Reaction to a strong medical shampoo – The potency of the shampoo or the prescription medicine you are using to treat your dandruff can even more affect your body than the dandruff itself.  A person having sensitive skin especially in the face and scalp can suffer from skin inflammation or irritation by the medicated shampoo. If this happens, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist who can recommend or prescribe a more appropriate treatment option.  You may need to consult with your doctor if your scalp becomes reddish and swollen or if your dandruff does not get resolved after having utilized over-the-counter medicated shampoos.

Infection – Seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff can lead to infection after a pathogen enters a break in your scalp or skin.  If your scalp becomes severely itchy from the dandruff, the frequent and continuous scratching may break your skin leaving an opening in it wherein a bacteria can enter in and cause an infection. Although this case is quite rare, it does occur and you may eventually need to visit your doctor for corresponding treatment.

You may need to talk to your doctor if you are suffering seborrheic dermatitis that seems to be impervious to treatment or if you manifest the following symptoms:

  • Patches of seborrheic dermatitis that become very painful and reddish
  • Crusts developing on the patches of seborrheic dermatitis area
  • Patches of seborrheic dermatitis that are filled with pus or fluid

Although seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff are not signs that a person has poor hygiene, they may potentially be causes of psychological stress that can undermine the self-esteem of a person.

 Davis Acupuncture Clinic
2043 Anderson Rd
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 400-1239
http://www.davisacupuncturist.com/

 

High Blood Pressure – Lifestyle and Home Remedies

Following positive changes in your lifestyle can effectively help you control your blood pressure to normal levels every day.  Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is an effective first step in both preventing and controlling high blood pressure.  If in spite of these changes, your high blood pressure still persists, you may need to take BP medications to effectively control your BP.

Eat Healthily

Most high blood pressure cases are due to eating foods high in salt content and saturated fats. One of the best diet plans to control high blood pressure (HBP) today is called the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension ) eating plan. The DASH approach has been consistently clinically studied especially with regards to how food nutrients affect a person’s blood pressure. When combining a number of food groups, studies have found that a diet combination consisting of foods having low amounts of cholesterol, and total and saturated fat as well as lowfat dairy products, and a large amount of vegetables and fruits are the most effective diet combination to lower or control your blood pressure. By following the DASH plan, you will need to eat foods with reduced or no amount of sweetened beverages, sweets, red meats fats and take in moderate amounts of nuts, fish, poultry and whole grains. The DASH plan also takes into account the role salt plays in increasing blood pressure. That is why it prescribes using salt only around 1,500 milligrams per day.

Attain and Maintain a Normal Weight

Having a normal weight means that you have an average weight suited for your height. It is a glaring fact that being overweight, especially, being obese greatly increases your risk for developing high blood pressure. There is a direct proportion to your increase in weight to an increased likelihood of developing HBP. If you are moderately overweight, losing about 10 pounds can significantly lower your blood pressure whether you have HBP or not.

Obesity and excess weight also are major factors that can lead to many types of cardiovascular diseases. Your chance of getting diabetes and high cholesterol are enhanced if you are overweight and even more so if you are obese.

Physical Activity

A person with high blood pressure should indulge in safe cardio exercises that closely observe the heart rate of a person. Cardio workouts help burn calories faster and make the heart healthier. Even doing some light walking for at least 20 minutes can do wonders for your health and make your heart a lot healthier compared to living a sedentary life.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Besides potentially damaging the liver, kidneys and brain, alcohol consumption also helps to raise a person’s blood pressure and damage the heart as well. Alcoholic drinks contain calories which you need to burn in order for them not to turn into fat. If you really need to drink, then drink only in moderation say, two drinks for men and 1 drink for women a day.

Stop Smoking

Smoking causes the arterial walls to become rigid which may lead to atherosclerosis. It also damages the blood vessel walls. Even if there is no direct link between smoking and high blood pressure, smoking can indirectly lead to HBP because of its tendency to harden the arteries.  If you are a smoker and have quit, your likelihood of suffering from a heart attack is significantly lessened especially during and after the first year. Smoking does also cause a lot of problems in health and there are so many important health reasons to quit smoking than continuing with the habit.

Dry Skin Prevention

To help prevent getting dry skin, the following steps may be helpful in keeping your skin smooth and supple:

Try not to use perfumes and antiperspirants.  These products have ingredients that dry the skin.

Apply moisturizer on your skin at least two times a day. Also, not all moisturizers are the same. The best one for your dry skin is a moisturizer that contains ingredients like hydroxy acids, lactate salts, lactic acid, sorbitol, pyroglutamic acid, urea or glycerin.

In the winter season when the air is cold and dry or during any type of dry weather, use a humidifier to raise the level of humidity in your room.

When outdoors especially during sunny weather, you may need to cover your skin with protective clothing. If you cannot wear protective clothing for certain reasons, use a sunscreen that contains a moisturizer. If you swim regularly and have dry skin, you can place a light layer of petroleum jelly prior to your swim. After swimming, shower immediately, pat dry, and then use a moisturizer as soon as possible.

If you regularly indulge in a sporting activity, you need to immediately shower after a game or a workout. You can use warm water and use a mild soap you brought with you. Do not use heavy-duty soaps as they can cause your skin to dry or worsen your dry skin.

Bath or shower with mildly warm water. Use unscented soap that contains glycerin or has a high fat content. Do not scrub your skin while showering or bathing.

Immediately after bathing/showering, pat dry and start putting moisturizer on your skin. Use a moisturizer without any scent that will easily moisturize the skin.

 Juliette Aiyana is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs in New York City.

Bronchitis Risk Factors

The likelihood of getting bronchitis can oftentimes be seen in a person’s lifestyle and in his medical history. Long-term medical issues affecting the respiratory system including asthma, allergies, cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also up the risk for an individual to develop bronchitis. If a medical condition is responsible for triggering bronchitis, then temporary or acute bronchitis may become a more serious condition that may require a different treatment approach.

There are medical problems that affect the immune system which then can lead to the formation of bronchitis. HIV infections and diabetes are some of these medical problems that have been proven to affect (weaken) the immune system. When the immune system is weakened, the body becomes more vulnerable to infection like the one responsible for bronchitis.

The flu, cold or sinusitis, are pathogen-caused upper-respiratory conditions that can affect the lungs. A person having this medical history is a high risk candidate for getting bronchitis.

Exposure to smog and other types of air pollution as well as smoking and exposure to second-hand smoking can boost the likelihood of those exposed to these factors in developing bronchitis. Secondhand smoke and smoking weaken the body’s ability to expel organisms that can cause bronchitis from the lower respiratory tract.

Working or dwelling in an area with elevated levels of dust, chemicals, smog or air pollution compromises the body’s immune system. Living in a clean air environment, avoiding second hand smoke or quitting smoking can help reduce the chances of a person in developing bronchitis.

 

Vickery Health & Wellness
18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 578-6730
http://www.vickeryhealth.com/

Attention Deficit Disorder Prevention

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and other kinds of childhood conditions may not be simply due to deficiency in neurotransmitters alone. Factors like heavy metal poisoning and food allergies can lead to inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity.  These may be the reasons why a lot of children on ADHD medication still show ADHD symptoms.  When a child with ADHD taking ADHD medications who is likewise intolerant to casein and gluten still drinks milk and eats cereal, for example, the child can still have difficulties in concentrating and paying attention even if the medication has relieved or lessened his symptoms.

Treating ADHD through natural means has been valuable for parents in addressing their child’s ADHD when medicines have failed; however, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.  If you find out that you have a family history of autism, ADHD, autism or other disorders, there are certain steps you can do to protect your child from the causes of these conditions.

Physical Activity

Unfortunately TV shows, video games and children go together. Video games and TV shows can be enticing but they compel children to live a sedentary lifestyle. A child needs physical activity which is essential to his neurological development. Therefore, you need to ensure that your child spends a lot of time playing outdoors. Give your child a maximum of an hour for watching TV or playing video games.

Stay Away from Food Additives

Few people are aware that preservatives, flavoring and artificial coloring can cause ADHD symptoms. Sadly, a lot of foods designed for kid’s consumption are loaded with these chemicals. Stay away from foods added with artificial additives, and limit junk cereals and candy to special occasions or weekends.

Avoid Vaccines

School officials and doctors often view vaccinating children as a must for their well-being.  Children may be at high risk to certain types of diseases, but it is now being revealed that vaccines are laced with mercury and other toxic substances that contribute to autism and ADHD. You need to do a thorough research on vaccines and infectious childhood diseases before deciding in having your child vaccinated.

Eat Organic Foods

Thorough washing of grocery bought vegetables with water does not guarantee that all traces of pesticides will be removed.  Pesticides kill insects by damaging their nervous system. However, the neurotransmitters of insects are the same as humans and even if human adults have a certain resistance to these pesticides, babies and young children can be affected by these poisons.  This fact should be an indication that organically farmed produce may be the best types of food for your family regardless if your child has ADHD or not. It is also advisable not to keep or use pesticides in your home.  Children can be very prone to contamination from domestic pesticides due to the amount of time they spend playing on the floor.

Breastfeed

Mother’s milk is the most nutritious food a baby can feed on. A baby fed on mother’s milk has very little chance of developing intolerance to casein (a milk substance suspected of triggering symptoms similar to ADHD) and food allergies. Breast milk greatly improves the child’s neurological development (as long as the mother has no nutritional deficits).  You can take omega-3 fish oil supplements and multivitamins daily if you are breastfeeding to keep your baby well-nourished and to keep you healthy and strong as well.

Dr. Jack Handlin is an experienced acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and oriental reproductive medicine specialist at Tree of Life Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Bellevue, WA.

High Blood Pressure – Coping and Support

High blood pressure management means treating and controlling this condition for the rest of your life.  Your treatment plan for high blood pressure (HBP) will consist of availing current medical care, using prescribed medications and making lifestyle changes.

These courses of treatment are for controlling your HBP and not curing it since no existing cure has been created so far for this disease. This treatment plan should not be stopped since doing so can lead to complications and other health related issues in the future.

Current Medical Care

Your doctor will recommend medical tests and/or checkups if you are being treated for HBP.  To make your treatment plan as effective as possible, your physician may either add more medications or change them during the course of time if your meds are not effective enough or if they cause you severe side effects. Regular checkups help make it easy for your doctor to make some modifications to your treatment plan if your blood pressure keeps on rising. You need to regularly monitor your BP and have them checked per recommendation of your physician.

It is best to learn how to take BP measurement. You can have your doctor teach you how to do it. Write down readings every time you take your BP including the time and dates they were taken. You can ask your doctor or health care provider questions about your treatment or condition during your check ups.

Medications

You need to follow all your doctor’s advices especially in taking all your blood pressure medications he has prescribed.  It’s important to know the medications you are taking and to take the exact doses that the physician has advised.  If you want to know more information about your medications, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about them.

Refill your meds before they are all used up so you are not forced to skip days or halve your pill. If you suffer from discomforting side effects from the medicines, you need to tell the doctor about it and he may either replace the said medications or adjust the doses. Never decide on not taking your HBP medicines on your own.

Lifestyle Changes

Making the right lifestyle changes like stopping smoking, keeping a normal weight appropriate for your height, eating a healthy diet and exercising every day will help you manage well your HBP.

Pregnancy and High Blood Pressure

Even if pregnant women who suffer from HBP usually birth healthy babies, HBP, nevertheless, can entail problems for both the unborn baby and the mother.  HBP can cause damage to the mother’s body organs particularly her kidneys. It can also lead to premature birth of the baby and a low birth weight. You need to talk to your doctor or health care provider if you plan soon to have a baby. You and your doctor can come up with measures that will help manage your HBP while you’re pregnant.

Unfortunately, some women develop HBP during their pregnancy which can lead to a condition called preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia can be fatal for both the fetus and the mother and so special care needs to be taken to avert any potentially serious outcomes. Often with good care, most women with this condition come out all healthy and safe.

High blood pressure can also develop because of severe emotional stress. In order to avoid this, try to relax as much as you can. Don’t take in extra tasks or work that is not necessary, dispel any negative and hurtful thoughts and foster better relationships with others who in turn will interact with you in a more warm and caring way.

 

Dr. Jack Handlin is an experienced acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and oriental reproductive medicine specialist at Tree of Life Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Bellevue, WA.